The first day of learning featured the notorious gorce plant; hated by many who don't understand it's beneficial properties. It can tear apart your clothes and gives endless splinters, but is nitrogen fixing for the soil, is full of protein for the horses, goats and sheep, and protects the soil and animals from bad weather. These 3 reasons give it a good stand in permaculture - there must be three good reasons for everything you do on a permaculture farm.
Other cool tips from the first day include:
- sourdough bread can be made with sour food - food that has just gone slightly bad (not moldy). i.e. sour rice, sour milk, sour cream
- making cheese is easy and fun!
- plaintains are good for bee bites, and so is toothpaste
- evening primrose petals are great on salads
- manuka and gorse are very hard, dense woods that burn hot (good for cooking)
- Life is 90% attitude, and 10% what happens.
- appreciate and respect all of your teachers, even if you surpass them or move in a different direction. When/if you think you are better, you already lost it.
- the is the information age and karma happens quickly
- listen to your gut instincts.
More reflection and joy to come.